Fire Sprinkler is The Hero at Des Moines Apartment Fire

  • Source: WHO-TV NBC 13 Des Moines
  • Published: 12/11/2019 07:41 PM

A single fire sprinkler prevented possibly another tragedy at Eddy Apartments. The call came in at 1:15 p.m. on Wednesday where a small fire broke out on the first floor in the laundry room. Resident Myra McNeary said, “It was pretty scary because you really couldn’t see because it was up and ground level was clear. I was walking bent down so I didn’t get any smoke.” It was a single fire sprinkler that contained the fire until crews arrived on scene. Des Moines Fire Marshal Jonathan Lund said, “[A] sprinkler head typically activates 60 to 90 seconds after the fire starts and that provides valuable time for us to get there.” A fire sprinkler is heat reacted and responds only when the fire is directly above a specific sprinkler.


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